Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside -- remembering all the times you've felt that way.
If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it's your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.
My spoon was bent so that if I wanted to eat I had to pick the spoon up with my right hand. If I picked it up with my left hand, the spoon bent away from my mouth. I wanted to pick the spoon up with my left hand.
Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity.
People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.
She slammed the door and
I looked at the closed door
and at the doorknob
I didn't feel
My mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: Henry, smile!
why don't you ever smile?
and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw.
I think that the world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just cats and rain, rain and cats, very nice, good night.
please give your
bodies and your
the young men
I would welcome
you would bring
I wish you
Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it.
Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don't do it. unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it. when it is truly time, and if you have been chosen, it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it until you die or it dies in you. there is no other way. and there never was.
If you're doing it for money or fame, don't do it. If you're doing it because you want women in your bed, don't do it.
I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have.
I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!
When I say that basically writing is a hard hustle, I don't mean that it is a bad life, if one can get away with it. It's the miracle of miracles to make a living by the typer.
I have not worked out my poems with a careful will, falling rather on haphazard and blind formulation of wordage, a more flowing concept, in a hope for a more new and lively path. I do personalize at times, but this only for the grace and elan of the dance.
The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live 10 times longer than if you have 10. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It's truly ridiculous.
Somebody once asked me what my theory of life was, and I said, 'Don't try.' That fits the writing, too. I don't try; I just type.
I kept writing not because I felt I was so good, but because I felt they were so bad, including Shakespeare, all those. The stilted formalism, like chewing cardboard.
Even though I write about the human race, the further away from them, the better I feel. Two miles is great; two thousand miles is beautiful.
I used to live on one candy bar a day -- it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, and it was so beautiful.
I can relax with bums because I am a bum. I don't like laws, morals, religions, rules. I don't like to be shaped by society.
You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
The female loves to play man against man. And if she is in a position to do it, there is not one who will resist.
We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar.
I don't like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions.
Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.
There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first. We are always ripe and ready to be taken.